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YellowRose
12-06-2010, 09:32 PM
One of our members Down Under just bought a 1960 430MEL Golde Top out of Florida! I do not have pix of it yet, or many of the details. I was going through John Rotella's statistics for the 1960 Golde Top cars. Of the 208 listed in his database, only 43 were listed as having AC. A good number of those in that listing no longer are with us, having been parted out or crushed. How sad! One of the rarest of the Tbirds is becoming rarer still. I don't guess we will ever find out how many Golde Tops with AC were produced. Apparently, they did not keep records like that back then. It has been said there were about 100. byersmtrco says only 377 were produced with the 430MEL engine.

fcar
12-06-2010, 11:30 PM
Is that the one I was looking at in Clearwater? The seller was supposed to call me Sunday and never did, or if he did, he left no message. Just checked on Ebay and it's listed as sold. Was going to call him today but was waiting around to see if you contacted the member re checking on the car or if he knew of an appraiser in the area. Really liked the car, but not enough to buy without seeing it.
Anyway, thanks for the advice. Nick

YellowRose
12-07-2010, 12:22 AM
HI Nick,

The member there never returned my email. I do not know if that was the one in Clearwater or not. The one that was bought as a '60 430MEL Golde Top with the Beechwood Brown paint job and the Code 84 two tone leather interior, with external chrome kit and rear antenna. If that is the one, it is headed for Australia.

Richard D. Hord
12-07-2010, 06:41 AM
Hey Guys,
I believe that will be her! I just checked Ebay and she is GONE!!!
Richard D. Hord

1960_430_AU
12-07-2010, 06:43 AM
Guess the cats outa the bag now it's going to a good home
For those who want to have a look it's in the registry
http://www.tbirdregistry.com/viewdatasheet.asp?RegistryNumber=1651
I'll update that once it arrives
Richard

GTE427
12-07-2010, 07:15 AM
Here's some additional info on your new J-Car.

The Barret Jackson link from Scottsdale 2003 lot#467:
http://www.barrett-jackson.com/application/onlinesubmission/archivecarlist.aspx?year=1960&make=&model=thunderbird

The restorer, Ken Harkema's website.
http://kensklassic.com/about.htm

Enjoy your new Thunderbird.

1960_430_AU
12-07-2010, 07:19 AM
Thanks Ken
Did do all the homework before doing the deal
I emailed Ken Harkema and he returned the mail as he has a large amount of resto pics hope I can get hold of some copies

The plan is to return it to the 298/300 car it was

Richard

GTE427
12-07-2010, 07:38 AM
Richard,

Glad to hear it! That is a spectacular car you've bought. Since the auction appeared, it's been in the back of my mind as well as many others I'm sure. It's an awesome color combination not to mention 430 SR AC car.

Another member, Vernz, has a twin to your car he bought from California, it's an original survivor. Hope to see him join in here soon.

Best of luck.

Richard D. Hord
12-07-2010, 09:09 AM
Hey Richard,
Congratulations! Keep us posted!
Richard D. Hord

1960_430_AU
12-11-2010, 12:23 AM
Thought I'd post a few pics of the new Bird
Hope you like it

Richard

YellowRose
12-11-2010, 12:44 AM
Hi Richard,

Thanks for posting more pix of her! The external chrome kit really sets her off well, I think. She is certainly nice looking. It is great to know the history of a car, and in your case, know that Ken Harkema is the one who restored her, considering his vast experience with restoring Tbirds, judging, and judge training. And to have contact with him also. I have not been able to find anything out about my Tbird beyond the last owner. I probably could if I really wanted to dig into it though.

Richard D. Hord
12-11-2010, 07:25 AM
Hey Richard,
She looks like she just came off the showroom floor! BEAUTIFUL!
Richard D. Hord

vernz
12-13-2010, 03:59 AM
She is really beautiful and an inspiration to me as I have the exact matching car (except for trunk mount antenna). It will take some work to get my car up to the standards of yours though. Here's a picture of mine getting loaded for shipment when I bought it.

Vern

YellowRose
12-13-2010, 08:49 AM
Yup, Vernz, except for the antenna, she is the spitting image of Richards Tbird! They are both beautiful Tbirds!

1960_430_AU
12-14-2010, 08:49 AM
Hi Vern
Nice to see a pic of the other twin
Is you carpet original? Can you post a pic of it for me to see the colour as I need to replace it and can't work out the colour.
Spoke to Ken who built the car and he dyed the carpet as the one he bought he didn't like the colour of

Richard

vernz
12-14-2010, 07:40 PM
My carpet may be original. I'll take a closer look tomorrow and send you a picture.

Vern

YellowRose
12-14-2010, 07:52 PM
I noticed in those pix you had posted, Richard, that one of the cars had the dark colored center console with dark colored carpeting. Another picture had the more tan colored center console with lighter colored carpeting. I would think that if you have the darker colored center console then the right carpeting would be that darker colored Sandalwood, I think it was... Must my 2 cents!

1960_430_AU
12-14-2010, 07:56 PM
I think that's just the nature of the pics the console colour is the same as the dash and the door trim colour. Guess that is the problem with trying to reference from photos

Richard

Rockin Kev
12-27-2010, 03:54 PM
Hi Richard,
Had an idea it was the one ken did a few years ago now, he did another one in Aquamarine with all the trimmings that was a peach of a car too.
The vtci did a cover shot of that beechwood brown car in there scoop mag so its worth tracking down.

I have been looking at the amount of squarebirds that have been shipped out of the U.S to Europe and Australia, makes me think about the interest there is in the 58-60 T-bird and beyond, take a squarebird out in the UK and it stops traffic! same can be said in Karlsrule Germany (you know who you are..lol) but it has allways been this way, the 55-57 had interest but not as much as the 58-66 range, perhaps in Europe there was more of a choice for 2+2 seated cars, but in recent years the Squarebird interest is growing all over Europe!, not so much on the larger cars of fins n crome sadly, Not sure if John Rotella has seen the incline in export sales, but then again he would need to be informed by the new owners to keep track hence why the registry is important.
Have you noticed this John,
Being in the UK at one point i was helping 4 new Squarebird owners now i know that dont sound much, but it has steadly grown...is Squarebird interest still growing in the U.S., I HOPE SO I CANT SE WHY IT HAS NOT BUT WOULD LIKE TO KNOW AS as the U.S. and Canada is vast compared to some parts of Europe...any feedback?
Kev.

Rockin Kev
12-27-2010, 03:58 PM
I noticed in those pix you had posted, Richard, that one of the cars had the dark colored center console with dark colored carpeting. Another picture had the more tan colored center console with lighter colored carpeting. I would think that if you have the darker colored center console then the right carpeting would be that darker colored Sandalwood, I think it was... Must my 2 cents!

RAY,
The Beechwood brown cars trim in leather were the ONLY leather trim cars to have the two tone interior from the factory, and a tan headliner, more off white than the others. The trim code 87 cars had a mild tone change in the seats with slightly lighter seat inserts, but it faded fast to the naked eye.
Blue was blue and so was the red and black.
That interior on Rich's car is all factory correct.
Kev.

Rockin Kev
12-27-2010, 07:15 PM
Hi Vern
Nice to see a pic of the other twin
Is you carpet original? Can you post a pic of it for me to see the colour as I need to replace it and can't work out the colour.
Spoke to Ken who built the car and he dyed the carpet as the one he bought he didn't like the colour of

Richard
try original auto interiors in columbus ohio, get a carpet sample as much carpet rolls are nos material.